Jim Harbaugh announced team captains on Friday.
In the mind of San Francisco’s coach, the captain system is very much like an election. Each captain serves a two-year term.
That being said, All-Pro defensive tackle
Joining Smith will be
Kaepernick is the only first-time captain among the trio. It was a well-deserved honor that bodes well for the 49ers, according to Harbaugh.
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The voting, however, included several worthy candidates. Harbaugh pointed to
“There are so many good candidates it was reflected in the vote,” Harbaugh said. “The players always do a great job, that’s why they do the voting.”
Smith, Willis and Kaepernick will be joined each week for the pregame coin-toss by a special teams captain that will be selected by the team before each game.
Heading into Sunday’s Week 1 opener against Green Bay, Harbaugh sounded pleased with the state of his team.
“Your identity is one that’s earned on the game days and looking forward to our 2013 team forming an identity,” Harbaugh said. “Feel good, feel confident, feel like our team is ready to play.”